Rising from the ashes

Wanye
July 03 2009 12:28PM

You would think that in the wake of the Dany Heatley debacle, Oilers fans and Edmontonians would be standing in line to lie down on the proverbial train tracks and wait for the 12:15 Express to roll by and end all the suffering.

Instead we are seeing a shocking amount of people deciding that this isn’t an Edmonton problem – it’s a Heatley problem. And while people all over the internet are delighting in rubbing salt in our collective wounds, Oilers fans are flocking to this little website in increasingly overwhelming numbers to voice their support for their team and defending the City they love – regardless of the opinions of a handful of pro athletes.

Calling the bottom

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You can probably mark July 2, 2009 down in your calendars as the bottom of stock in the Edmonton Oilers. Yeah the old stock price has taken a beating of late – of that there is no doubt. But whereas in the past many fans were seemingly content to remain silent, sit back and take shit from dink hockey players who spurned their hometown in the past – it’s different this time.

When we wrote a little article yesterday on this non-pornographic internet portal we were shooting from the hip - telling everyone down on the team and the city to grow a pair of proverbial balls and telling Dany Heatley to get stuffed in the process. It could have been a risky move – there could have been plenty of sass-bashing fans coming on here and explain to us how Heatley was in fact correct in his refusal to waive his NTC. Who would want to live somewhere so (gasp) cold right?

Little did we know that it instead unleashed a torrent of people who were seemingly waiting for a chance to show substantial pride in both the City of Edmonton and the Oilers.

The onslaught

Generally WanyeMail is a river of twitter alerts, herbal aphrodisiac sales pitches and other junkery. But in the past 24 hours we have been getting actual emails from actual people. Like over 40 emails.

Here are some excerpts:

“Hey Wayne – thanks for writing that article today. I was so happy to read that someone wasn’t ready to roll over and die at the feet of a bastard like Dany Heatley. The Oilers will be fine, just you wait!” “Hello OilersNation – as an Edmonton native now living in London, England I just wanted to thank you for writing that article encouraging Edmontonians to show pride in their city. I have lived overseas for over 20 years but I think of my hometown every day. Edmonton might be cold but it is really a fantastic city. People who don’t realize that should pull their heads out of the sand.” “WANYE – F****** rights!!!! Screw Heatley and anyone who doesn’t want to come to Edmonton. Things are bound to turn around. In Kay-Z we trust.” “Wanye – That was a great article you wrote today. I moved from Edmonton to Boston for school and stayed because of a job. I have been homesick for a good Skyreach Centre (now RX1) beer ever since. Your website has allowed me to feel as though I am back on Whyte Ave having a beer with my friends. I miss Edmonton terribly! GO OILERS!” “Just wanted to shoot you a quick email and tell you that I really enjoyed your article encouraging Oilers fans to get some swagger back in their stride. I am an Oilers fan living in Phoenix. I was a Gretzky fan in the 1980s and have stuck with the team ever since even though #99 is our Coach! I am always amazed every time I meet an Edmontonian at a hockey game. You guys are always so passionate and energetic yet polite and respectful. I know our Oilers will come back from this and will win the Cup again soon!”

A full disclaimer

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Yeah you know what? Yes, it’s cold here. And yes, we consider Southgate Mall’s recent “Aug 5” advertising campaign to be a landmark event in the past 3 years. And yes, our 100 foreign visitors in 2008 were shocked by how many people drive pickup trucks in Edmonton.

Big deal.

This is home and there are millions around the world and right here in Edmonton who wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. And eventually the Oil will land a superstar or two who will compliment the 20 or so Edmonton Oilers who are already proud to call Edmonton home. The team will win again - and in the meantime we will continue to freeze our bits off getting to RX1 to cheer them on. We wouldn't have it any other way.

And when it does turn around - and it will make no mistake - all of the nay sayers that are having a field day running down Edmonton and the Oilers all over the internet, TV and newspapers will receive an Oil stained sucker punch directly to the face courtesy of the proud members of the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club.

And from us there will be no mercy. Those who have jumped off the bandwagon will immediately be shot if trying to reboard the wagon by the likes of scorecoff hemmercules, socaldave, cambosmash, humantorch, KayleW, OvenChicken8, West Coast Oil and the thousands of other Oilers fans who are waiting for their day of redemption to arrive.

Calling the bottom Pt 2

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The funny thing about picking a time to invest in a company is that if the fundamentals are strong – the bottom is exactly the right time to get involved. Everything goes through peaks and valleys. We are doubtlessly in a valley in right now. But with our Owner, the new management and coaching staff bound and determined to rebuild this team - things are strong. With a fan base so hilarious that over 200,000 people visited a website of this dubious quality in the past 30 days – sending a reporter to the draft in the process – things are strong. With a roster of players who are doubtlessly sitting back in their solid gold summer homes and watching the image beat down their team is currently receiving at the hands of Heatley, pumping iron and getting ready to defend RX1 in the fall, shoving revenge directly up the ass of the rest of the NHL in the process – things are strong.

Funny thing about calling the bottom of a market. Though things seem like they have hit rock bottom and it is only going to get worse, things actually only go in one direction:

Up.

Oh and that jam at the top of the post? Just some kickass mashup by another local gem Nik Kozub, who is probably cold as all hell in the winters too.

I put on for my City. Wanye Gretz, Edmonton, AB.

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#101 bingofuel
July 03 2009, 04:40PM
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@ Andrew W:

Actually, that Grebs photo was sent to us by a fan, if I recall correctly. But I probably don't.

You can always reach us at oilersnation@gmail.com. I know it's dumb we don't have our contact info posted. That will change soon. :)

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#102 Jason Gregor
July 03 2009, 04:47PM
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West Coast Oil wrote:

What happened to the Oilers presser does anyone know?

I will play the interview at 4:55 today on the TEAM 1260

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#103 Andrew W
July 03 2009, 04:55PM
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@ bingofuel:

Yeah, I think you're right about it being sent in by a fan. I've sent you the image via email because it's funny as hell.

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#104 Andrew W
July 03 2009, 05:00PM
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@ all Grebeshkov critics:

Could a goat do this?

"On February 19, 2008, Grebeshkov scored the 8000th goal in the Edmonton Oilers' franchise history."*

Take that!

*Quoted from the ultimate authority, Wikipedia.

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#105 The Menace
July 03 2009, 05:10PM
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I think we're getting a little carried away with saying Dany Heatley is rejecting Edmonton, or Dany doesn't want to play for the Oilers, or whatever. I even heard a caller on Jason's show today say he's sick of hearing Dany Heatley trashing Edmonton. No one corrected the caller, but after reading some of the comments here, I wanted to say something:

Dany Heatley hasn't said anything.

Not about Edmonton, not about the Oilers. All he has done is not waive his NMC yet. The only reports we have from the Oilers say this is because he is wanting to think about it. So far everyone is assuming it's because he doesn't like it here, but he hasn't said that.

Like all Oiler fans, I would love this to be resolved already, one way or the other. But after coming this far, we might as well see how this plays out. Until I hear a statement from Heatley, I'm not going to assume he's anti-edmonton, or anti-oiler. If he decides that this is a good fit and the trade goes through, I will welcome him here with great excitement.

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#106 Deke Rivers
July 03 2009, 07:40PM
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Players refuse to waive NMC all the time. Why is it front page news when its Edmonton? Anyways, do the Oilers shift their attention to Jagr now??? or should who exactly do we want. How many first line centers or LW are out their?

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#107 rob
July 03 2009, 08:03PM
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@ Deke Rivers:

Jagr still has a year left on his contract in the KHL. I don't even think he's an option at this point unless his team wants out of that contract. He likes it here too. Trade is the only option now for anyone with a decent sized contract, not sure what good UFA's are left??

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#108 Tommy
July 03 2009, 08:18PM
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I can toss out a couple of stories in this Edmonton/Oilers love-in. I lived in London (UK) for a while and I had an Oilers sticker on my car there. Once I had a guy honk and wave his Oilers hat out of the window of his car on the M25...

The other time was when I was walking down the street in central London, saw a guy in an Oilers jersey walking down the other side of the street, I crossed and asked him about it thinking he was a Canadian tourist (like most hockey paraphernalia I saw there), but no he was a Londoner who loved the Oil after watching Messier in the 89/90 cup run. He was actually really pumped to meet me and asked me about the best way to fly all the way to Edmonton to take in an Oilers game. Seemed serious too.

Just to show you the international love for the Oil.

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#109 J.L.
July 03 2009, 08:49PM
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Edmonton is the northern most city in the NHL, but no way is it colder than Toronto, Ottawa, Detroit, or Buffalo. And no way does it get as much snow. That's one argument I'm absolutely sick of hearing. Edmonton is actually one of the sunniest cities in the league.

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#110 socaldave
July 03 2009, 08:49PM
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just checking in during a break in the 4th of July festivities, and - to quote the illustrious Lord Wanye Von Gretz IV - my mind is completely blown. This place is just awesome!!!!!

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#111 Smokin' Ray
July 03 2009, 09:15PM
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Ryan Smyth has been traded to the LA Kings, as per TSN.

Ugh. Why can`t the Oilers do something.

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#112 Hemmertime
July 03 2009, 09:57PM
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Heres an idea, what if SJ or Sather or whomever has talked to Heatley and keeps saying "Hold off, hold off".

How would we feel then? How meaningless would it be to find out Vancouver lands him and has been in his ear the whole time. How meaningless would this all be...

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#113 Mike Hynes
July 03 2009, 10:39PM
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I don't let snow build up on my driveway in the winter time

I don't hide in doors when its minus.30

I cheer for the green and gold not green and white

My truck is a gas guzzler not a hybrid

I can eat just like a pro on every corner of the city

I bleed copper and blue not red

And when people call out my city I stand up and fight

My name is mike and I'm and edmontonian

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#114 Smokin' Ray
July 03 2009, 10:41PM
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Mike Hynes wrote:

I don’t let snow build up on my driveway in the winter time I don’t hide in doors when its minus.30 I cheer for the green and gold not green and white My truck is a gas guzzler not a hybrid I can eat just like a pro on every corner of the city I bleed copper and blue not red And when people call out my city I stand up and fight My name is mike and I’m and edmontonian

*clap,clap,clap,clap,clap...*

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#115 Archaeologuy
July 03 2009, 11:11PM
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Smokin' Ray wrote:

Ryan Smyth has been traded to the LA Kings, as per TSN. Ugh. Why can`t the Oilers do something.

You mean there is something the team could be doing besides talking to a player who doesnt want to be here?

I dont follow.

Look, it hasnt worked the last 3827 times but i have a pretty good feeling that THIS time the square block will fit in the triangle hole.

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#116 Mike Hynes
July 04 2009, 12:30AM
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What square blocks don't fit in triangle holes?? I been teaching my daughter all wrong.....

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#117 The Towel Boy
July 04 2009, 08:43AM
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Andrew W wrote:

Do you know the altered Grebs photo that we’re talking about? It’s brilliant, although I’m not sure who created it. If I had any web-brains I’d post it for you to see again, but sadly my skills are minimal. (I learned about F5 through this site just the other day, for example.)

I have it on good authority that it was me.

It was featured in this gem by Wanye....

http://www.oilersnation.com/2009/01/target-practice/

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#118 Smokin' Ray
July 04 2009, 09:05AM
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EklundRT @nhlsecrets: Heatley told Lowe yesterday now that Murray has paid his 4m he will go to Edmonton. Just wanted Murray personally to pay.

It's from NHL Secrets via Eklund on twitter. Take it for what it's worth. Probably nothing.

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#119 Heazues
July 04 2009, 10:15AM
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Smokin' Ray wrote:

EklundRT @nhlsecrets: Heatley told Lowe yesterday now that Murray has paid his 4m he will go to Edmonton. Just wanted Murray personally to pay. It’s from NHL Secrets via Eklund on twitter. Take it for what it’s worth. Probably nothing.

see, its that kind of "you will play by MY rules" attitude that makes him less and less attractive to this team. for crying out loud, if you wanted out, and you intended on coming here anyway, WHY bother making your old team pay you like that?? he is simply being a baby. and if he is willing to do that to a team that gave him a fat contract, and after he already had his wish to be dealt granted. what would he do to THIS team if all of a sudden quinn pissed him off?

did anyone actually watch that PC from hextall & the kings? they are in the exact position we are. they NEED a LW sniper, and by the looks of it, they arent willing to risk giving up all the players they would, just to have heater become another problem.

tambi has to take the same stance. i say if he is going to continue looking for this player, he should be calling murray and telling him there is a new offer. and it is now a "take it or leave it" scenario. remove cogliano off that deal and insert some AHL talent. its not completely fair anymore, but neither is everything thats going on around it. and it isnt worth the risk. not when his character has been laid bare for all to see. and if he goes elsewhere, good riddance.

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#120 Rusty Shackleford
July 04 2009, 03:48PM
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@ The Towel Boy:

That is the greatest picture I've ever seen and because of this I can never think of Grebs as anything other than Goat Boy.

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#121 David S
July 05 2009, 03:42PM
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Heazues wrote:

See, its that kind of “you will play by MY rules” attitude that makes him less and less attractive to this team. for crying out loud, if you wanted out, and you intended on coming here anyway, WHY bother making your old team pay you like that?? he is simply being a baby.
Taking the internet a wee bit to seriously aren't we? You are 100% speculating with 1% of the information. My gawd man. It's Eklund fer crying out loud.
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